AGC Building Chapter Carpentry Apprenticeship Program




The program is built around two major components: documented on-the-job training (OJT), which is provided by the contractor, and classroom/related instruction, which takes place in the fall and winter months. The classes are offered twice a week (3 hrs each session). The program is designed to be a 4 year program. An indentured apprentice is required to validate 8,000 hours of OJT and 144 hours annually of related instruction during the duration of the program. Contractors can grant OJT time for prior work experience. A member employee can begin the apprenticeship program at any time because the book work is designed to be self paced.


The apprenticeship program can be delivered anywhere in the state with a minimum of five students. This is the preferred method; however, a correspondence program can also be established for smaller companies located in rural areas of the state. Currently there are classes being held in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Brookings, SD.


Participating contractors and their apprentices enroll with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training making them a part of the National Apprenticeship Program. Individuals satisfactorily completing the program will have the journey man in the carpentry trade area.


The only cost to the apprentice is the time and effort he/she puts into the program. You can make a rewarding and profitable career out of your present job with this opportunity to develop the skills and know-how necessary to succeed in the construction industry. Tuition and textbook costs are subject to change and are based on annual AGC Board action.


  • First and foremost - It's a job
  • Referred to as Industry Training System: A person acquired the skills necessary to become proficient in the trade under the tutelage of a master practitioner.
  • An agreement between the employer and the employee
  • Provides clearly defined standards which are commonly recognized throughout the industry
  • Apprentice earns while he/she learns
  • Provides the apprentice with progressive wage increments
  • Contributes to America's economic development and growth; very successful in providing highly skilled workers


  • Identifies detailed and planned training schedule
  • Local, State and National Recognition
  • Improved job security
  • Provides incentive for self improvement
  • Long-term commitment by employer
  • Assures appropriate related instructing
  • Opportunity to achieve Journey person status
  • Provides an increasing scale of wages
  • "Earn while your Learn"
  • Assures OJT by a skilled journey person


For a list of participating AGC Sponsors please visit

For more information visit the agc website at If you should have questions, please do not hesitate to contact DUSTIN BAERTSCH  at any time by mail at 2771 Plant St., Rapid City, SD  57702,  by phone at 605.209.5861, or by email at

AETech Electrical Training Center Apprenticeship Program


This is a somewhat un-conventional approach to an apprenticeship program as we are offering this as a full-time day-time 40-hour per week class for one month each year over a 4-year apprenticeship rather than the traditional one night per-week approach. This allows the apprentice to come to class full time for a month during a slower season, then not be committed to a weekly class schedule. This approach is being taken in some other states. If we receive enough demand for night classes, we would also be interested in offering them.  

This class can also be taken as a pre-employment training, much as a Vo-Tech school, with the exception that it can be completed in four months and costs less than half as much. The attractive thing about it is there are no general education classes, just the core technical curriculum. The four month option is approved by the VA for funding as well as the WIA and is accepted by the WY State Electrical Board for their required Apprenticeship classes. This program is highlighted at

Our 4 month Electrical In-Class Day Time Apprentice Training program will consist of (4) One month Blocks-Our Apprentice Training Program can be completed in as little as 4 months compared to a typical Technical School 2 year program!


▪ Completion Certificate per level 1,2,3,and 4 Electrical Training

▪ Green Technology Certificate

▪ CPR Certification

▪ Construction Safety and Health OSHA 10 hour Training

 Blocks (A,B,C and D) may be taken individually once per year or

                         ▪ (2) Blocks in a Year

                          -Twice a Semester, back to back- in a 2 month period.

                          - Once a Semester, example - Block (A) then Block (B)

                          following semester- typically 6 months later when cycle starts over.

                          ▪ Or All 4 Blocks in a Year back to back in a 4 month period.

                           - ( Blocks must be completed in consecutive order)


• Each Block (A,B,C and D) are 160 hours each of in class training with Electrical labs for a total of 640 hours ( 8 hour per day)

• In-class training will prepare you with knowledge to advance for on the job training as an Electrical Apprentice.

• After completion of our In Class Training, 4-years of on the job work experience as an Apprentice Electrician is required to qualify you to take the Journeymen State license exam.

• Job Placement assistance will consist of placing your Resume with our Data Base of Registered Electrical Contractors in the 4 State Region.

Apprentice Training Class Schedule

For more information please visit our website at


SD Association of PHCC and Western Dakota Tech Plumbing Apprenticeship Program

WDT’s Corporate Education Center conducts apprenticeship training programs approved by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship & Training.  Apprenticeship works because it is one of the most effective ways to meet the workforce needs of business and prepare workers with in-demand skills in almost any industry.  Apprenticeship programs are industry-driven and are voluntarily sponsored by employers, industry associations and labor management association.  Apprentices receive on-the-job training and related instruction, resulting in a national certification.

Plumbing Apprenticeship Training Program

Sponsored by the South Dakota Association PHCC

plumbing apprenticeship programStudents of this program must be employed and sponsored by a plumbing company to be eligible for this program.  The sponsoring company must be a member of the South Dakota Association PHCC.

 The course provides classroom and lab instruction for individuals  currently employed at plumbing companies to complement concurrent on-the-job work experience.

  • Classroom/Lab: 144 hours per year (August-May)
  • On-the Job Training:  8,000 hours

For more information or to register,
contact the Corporate Education Center at 605-718-2410.